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Maya Angelou

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Where Macondo Came Alive

Years before I met him, Gabriel Garcia Marquez changed my life.

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Gabriel García Márquez

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Colombian Nobel Laureate, Author and Journalist Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87

The writer, who is considered by many to be the creator of magical realism, died Thursday in Mexico where he’d lived for 30 years.

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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

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Write A House

Free Homes for Writers in Detroit? (Video)

Directors of the nonprofit Write A House are bent on fixing up some portion of the Michigan city’s thousands and thousands of vacant and blighted homes and handing them over to writers for virtually nothing, forever.

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George Orwell Nearly Died Halfway Through Writing ‘1984’

One of the most important books ever written almost never happened.

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Chris Hedges on the Role of Art in Rebellion

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?”

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Franz Kafka

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Doris Lessing, Voice for Many Ages, Dies at 94

Doris Lessing, an influential and prolific writer who made her mark in more than 50 novels, as well as short stories, essays and poems, died Sunday in London at age 94. 

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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

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From the Rubble of the Syrian Civil War, Visceral Poetry Arises

Turning away from the religious metaphors of the past, Syria’s new verse relies on realistic, raw descriptions inspired by war and expresses the hope for a united country to be formed. But the outspoken nature of this emerging literary tradition comes at a price.

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Happy Birthday, Hemingway!

Sunday would be Ernest Hemingway’s 114th birthday. More than anyone, he cleaned out the stuffy British conventions that clogged American writing in the 1920s and allowed the next generation to find their own voices.

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We Are All Aboard the Pequod

Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” is a portrait of the American character, and like the crew of Ahab’s ship we are complicit in self-annihilation.

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The News That Wasn’t Fit to Print

The New York Times ignores a historic environmental demonstration in D.C.; accused hacker Jeremy Hammond speaks out against the government’s faulty “cybersecurity strategy” regarding Aaron Swartz’s prosecution; meanwhile, nudists in Vienna attend an art exhibit on “Nude Men From 1800 to Today” to show off their goods. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Zaheer Chauhan

A New Front in the War on Terror

In an attempt to promote international understanding, the Jaipur Literature Festival fights against “the terrorism of the mind,” said the event’s producer, Sanjoy Roy.

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Election 2012

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AP/Michael Probst

Reports of Publishing’s Death Are Exaggerated

Some people think the book business in on its last legs. But others think it isn’t a business at all.

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Alexander Baxevanis (CC-BY)

Literary Icons Rushdie and le Carré End 15-Year Feud

Nobody fights better than writers, so it’s a little sad that novelists Salman Rushdie and John le Carré have agreed to stop hating each other.

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Philip Roth Quietly Calls it Quits

The glum-faced author announced what appears to be his retirement in a “little-noticed” interview with a French magazine. “To tell you the truth, I’m done,” Roth told Les Inrocks in October, adding that he has not written anything in three years.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

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The Mirage of Our Lives

In Dave Eggers’ “A Hologram for the King,” an ordinary man comes to realize that managers like him who made outsourcing possible will be discarded as human refuse now that the globalization process is complete, left to wander like ghosts among the ruins.

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Vidal: ‘I Am the Enemy to So Many’

Throughout his adult life and probably his youth, Gore Vidal enjoyed the sort of playful self-adulation that is often mistaken for arrogance when committed by members of the American upper class.

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AP/Michael Probst

How to Think

If universities think a Milton Friedman or a Friedrich Hayek is more important than a Virginia Woolf or an Anton Chekhov, then we become barbarians.

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Ray Bradbury: Thoughts at Life’s End (Video and Transcript)

Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday night at the age of 91, spoke in 2008 with Truthdig’s Steve Wasserman about his books and the passions that drove his writing. The video, text excerpts and full transcript follow.

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Carlos Fuentes, Mexican Novelist

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Back to the Dawn of the Modern World

Harvard professor and author Stephen Greenblatt won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his account of how an ancient Roman philosophical epic jump-started the modern world.

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Why Is the Measure of Love Loss?

“When my mother was angry with me, which was often,” writes Jeanette Winterson in her new memoir “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?,” “she said, ‘The devil led us to the wrong crib.’ ”

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Knopf

An Author Changes Course

French novelist and public provocateur Michel Houellebecq is out to darken the mood and make us laugh uncomfortably at ourselves once again with his newest novel, “The Map and the Territory.” Or is he?

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Steve Rhodes (CC-BY)

Remembering Shakespeare and Co.’s George Whitman

Add George Whitman, the former proprietor of the 60-year-old Parisian bookstore and artist sanctuary Shakespeare and Co., to the list of major cultural figures lost this week. He was 98 years old.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

June Gloom With Lewis Lapham

There is always smoke around Lewis Lapham, as if he’d just been conjured by some sorcerer suddenly enraged by the placation of the status quo.

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A Graham Greene Classic Better Left Alone

The original “Brighton Rock” is so good—in its dank and sometimes almost unwatchable way—that it obviates a remake. But that never stopped anyone, did it?

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Flickr / Bethan

Connecting With Daily Life of the Past

The struggle for the serious study and appreciation of literature continues in our society, where enormous emphasis has been placed on the “practical” disciplines of math and science, and specialized academics more and more produce arcane, overtly politicized work that the public seems to find joyless and irrelevant. (more)

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AP / Chris Pizzello

Leonard Cohen Lands Spain’s Top Literary Prize

We will resist the impulse to do a cheesy riff on the lyrics of Leonard Cohen in reporting that the 76-year-old Canadian singer and poet is this year’s winner of Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias literary award.

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Behold the Triumph of the E-Book

Although there are those purists out there who still insist on reading actual books—as in the kind that come from trees—Amazon’s grand pooh-bah Jeff Bezos announced last week that sales of e-books have now surpassed that of their analog counterparts.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Goodnight Moon’ It Ain’t

This is a story about a very unusual kind of children’s book—or rather, a book that looks a lot like a children’s book until you read the fine print, at which time it becomes apparent that author Adam Mansbach actually wrote “Go the Fuck to Sleep” for exasperated ... (more)

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World Book Day

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Mr. Fish

Why I Miss Norman Mailer

I thought that I’d done everything I was supposed to do. This was back in the springtime of 2007, about seven months before Norman Mailer died.

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‘Huckleberry Finn,’ Minus the N-Word

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about to get a major makeover in the form of a significant edit to be made in NewSouth Books’ edition of Mark Twain’s iconic novel. Specifically, the notorious n-word will be swapped out for “slave,” along with one other race-related alteration.

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2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mary Schwalm

Retribution for a World Lost in Screens

Like the Ancients, we arrogant humans who turn ourselves into objects of worship and build ruthless systems of power to control the world around us will get what we are due.

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Obama’s Absurd Gay Marriage Position

Why President Obama’s gay marriage position has gotten completely absurd, why the DEA is after ebonics linguists and why Jane Austen just couldn’t hack it in today’s publishing world.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Mahmoud Darwish

André Naffis-Sahely on Mahmoud Darwish

André Naffis-Sahely looks at three volumes—“A River Dies of Thirst,” “Mural” and “If I Were Another”—that helped make poet/author Mahmoud Darwish a pillar of Palestinian literature.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Where Neuroscience Meets Literature

How about a little cognitive psychology with your English literature? Professors who normally spend their time thinking about Virginia Woolf’s characters and story structures are taking a page from scientific texts to add a new dimension to their exploration of fiction.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Higher-Education Edition (Updated)

Today on the list: Does the English department have a Jewish problem? Plus: How to make change actually happen, and more. Updated

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Jane Ciabattari on Kurt Vonnegut

A wondrous new collection of previously unpublished vintage Vonnegut confirms his enduring and subversive ear for the absurd and the tragicomic.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Are We Too Wired to Read?

With multiple gadgets and screens constantly running, and perhaps even a different sense of time than our forebears had, it’s no surprise that powering down long enough to curl up with a book is becoming an endangered activity—although, as David L. Ulin argues in the Los Angeles Times, it’s still a very vital contemplative practice to pursue.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Michel Euler

Vive Le Clézio!

French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio was named this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. Le Clézio, whom the Swedish Academy fancifully described as an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilisation,” has written more than 20 novels since the early age of 23.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Carla Kaplan on ‘The Mitfords’

A new collection of letters between the fascinating Mitford sisters offers unparalleled insight into one of the 20th century’s most famous families.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


Goodbye to All That

Although coverage of books in major newspapers may seem to have taken a precipitous downturn in recent months, this decline has been in the works for a while, says longtime writer, literary editor and book aficionado Steve Wasserman, who opines in this CJR article about the high costs of this lamentable cultural sea change.

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